Smart appliances: Let’s settle the “connected” problem for “connected homes”

January 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm

As I walked the mile-long exhibit hall at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday (and not counting the brightly colored booths full of iPhone and iPad skins) the buzz was about two things: tablet computers and “connected homes.”

GE, LG, Kenmore, Control4, and many other manufacturers demonstrated appliances that communicate with central controllers, home laptops, smart phones, and even “the cloud.”

These appliances included smart thermostats, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, lights, door locks, security cameras, and more. I saw numerous colorful and consumer-friendly displays showing energy usage and cost data, including appliance-specific data.

The most common reaction I heard from industry analysts was: “None of this will take off until there is interoperability”…

Full story: CES: Let’s settle the “connected” problem for “connected homes

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